The French feel safer when using collective public transport

The French study Cadre de vie et sécurité 1) has included a questionnaire module about transport to facilitate an analysis of the locomotion habits of those interviewed and how safe they feel on collective public transport.2)

24_france-367712_1920The questionnaire includes the following question: Do you feel safe when using collective public transport? And offers five reply options: “always”, “most of the time”, “sometimes”, “never” and “don’t know”.

First conclusions

The five-year objective of the study involved interviewing 82,209 people, of which 52,204 were users of collective public transport. Over 50% of users feel safe when using collective public transport, 29% feel safe most of the time and 16.3% rarely feel safe.3)

Users’ perception of safety when using public transport Number of people interviewed Estimate of the number of people in the population Proportion
Users of collective transport 52.204 32.372.000 100
Always feel safe 28.938 17.621.000 54,4
Feel safe most of the time 14.640 9.390.000 29
Sometimes feel safe 5.737 3.565.000 11
Never feel safe 2.773 1.727.000 5,3
Don’t / Don’t replay 116 69.000 0,2

In accordance with sex, of the 52,204 users of public transport, 21,764 were men (46.4%) and 30,440 were women (53.6%). Concerning feelings of safety in terms of gender when using public transport, a bigger proportion of men feel safe, whereas a larger proportion of women feel safe most of the time or only sometimes.

Men Women
Total users 100 100
Always feel safe 61,3 48,5
Feel safe most of the time 26 31,5
Rarely feel safe 12,5 19,7
Don’t / Don’t reply 0,2 0,2

In terms of age range, the feeling of safety on collective public transport was higher according to age, such as those from 46 to 65 and over 66.

14-25 26-45 46-65 66 and over
Total users 100 100 100 100
Always feel safe 52,4 49,5 55,3 64,8
Feel safe most of the time 32,8 32,4 26,7 21,4
Rarely feel safe 14,7 18 17,6 12,7
Don’t/Don’t reply 0,1 0,2 0,4 0,2

Concerning the frequency of use of collective public transport, 21.6% were daily users, 11.1% used it two or three times a week, 13.3% two or three times a month and 53.9% less often or did not reply. Whatever the frequency of use of collective public transport, at least 100 % of users always felt safe, and those who felt safe most of the time amounted to around or over 30%, and those who rarely felt safe amounted to roughly 15%. Therefore, there seems to be no correlation between the user’s feeling of safety and how often he / she uses collective transport.

Data and analysis of the feeling of safety on collective public transport is available on the website of the Institut national des hautes études de la sécurité et de la justice (INHESJ)

1)  Victimization survey making Insee (Institut national de la statistique et des études économiques) since 2007. It has an annual basis and on a sample of approximately 25,000 residents in France..
2)  The means of transport are considered: bus, school bus, tram, metro and train types.
3)  This category includes: those who sometimes feel safe and never feel safe.
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